Movie Questions

All of my books have been at various times optioned to become movies; some have moved further in the process than others, but only The Fault in Our Stars has become a movie. It will be released on June 6, 2014 in the United States, and you can watch the trailer below:

As for the other books:

Q. Looking for Alaska movie? I can haz? Nao plz?
A. The rights to the Looking for Alaska movie are owned by Paramount, which hired Josh Schwartz to write and direct the film. Josh wrote an excellent screenplay adaptation of the book, a screenplay which I desperately loved, but there was no enthusiasm for that kind of movie at Paramount, and so far as I know, there still isn’t. Paramount will probably still own the rights to LFA when my initial readers grow up and become famous film executives; hopefully then someone will make it, hopefully with Josh’s script, which I continue to love. Anyway, it could get made at any time, but I don’t know anything more than that.

Q. Katherines movie?
A. An Abundance of Katherines was optioned by a small production company that in the end couldn’t get a movie together; we’re now working with a different production company with the hopes of setting it up somewhere, but that’s a long way off.

Q. Paper Towns movie?
A. The rights to Paper Towns were optioned by Mandate Pictures (which made Juno), and I was hired to write the screenplay. I worked hard on the script for much of 2009, but in the end Mandate didn’t feel they had the kind of screenplay they could shoot. So it goes.

Q. Will Grayson, Will Grayson?
A. WGWG has not been optioned. (To quote a real live movie producer who really said this about Will Grayson, Will Grayson, “The only thing Hollywood hates more than smart teenagers is smart, gay teenagers.” I hope Hollywood will prove this movie producer wrong someday.)

Q. I would like to audition to be in the movie of your book?
A. Should Hollywood ever greenlight any of my other books, and should there be an open casting call, I will definitely let you know on the blog and in a video and on twitter and so on. But it should be noted that I have exactly as much say in casting as you do.

Q. How much did you change in the Paper Towns screenplay?
A. A lot. (For one thing, the ending was completely different.) I’ve always believed that a movie CAN’T be faithful to a book, because a book is something that happens in conversation between a writer and a reader, whereas a movie is mostly something you look at. So, like, trying to render the people and events of a novel on screen is impossible, I think, because you’ll only end up with some poor approximation of the magic of the book. So in the end I’d rather make a good movie than a faithful one, which is what I tried to do. I wanted the ideas of the book to be preserved, but mostly I just want the movie to be good.

Q. Where should I send a screenplay to get it produced?
A. If I had a reliable answer to that question, I’d have gotten my own screenplay produced. I’m sorry to say I have absolutely no idea how one goes about submitting screenplays.

{ 113 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle October 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

A Paper Towns movie would be amazing no matter what you change. Rock on, John.


Gyovanna October 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

Lets make a petition for Paramount, so they can produce LFA *_*


Osvaldo Alcala December 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

If we make a petition, where going to get a lot of attention. I mean like if people make a petition because they want you make a movie about a book, wouldn’t you make the movie? If people really want the movie, then their going to earn a lot of money. If their not going to make the movie at least they should give the movie rights to someone else. So yeah lets make a petition and spread it all over Facebook XD


Dom March 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Is this actually happening? I’ll gladly sign!


Hannah Anderson February 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Were going to do this. Okay? Okay. (literally almost cried at my TFIOS reference)


Ally March 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Guys do it. Do it now. Start a petition


Cassidy April 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm
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logan garcia November 3, 2013 at 2:03 am

although it would take some heavy Advil and deep breathing before I watched LFA, I think I could do it and I think I would like it a lot. Paper Towns on the other hand I feel has more of a questioning to it throughout the whole book and I just think that a movie would be a drop in the bucket compared to the suspense and love and hope and depression in that book. I kind of feel that way about LFA too, but for some reason I just want to see that happen so bad. I would even watch it on mute if I had to.


Stacey November 27, 2013 at 6:29 am

I just really really hope that LFA got produced
just love the book so much i am crying all the time
Some of my friends don’t like reading books so much and making it into a movie can make them know why i am crying most of the time, they just don’t get it.
Hope LFA got produced before i die ;)


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Chloe December 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

If you have finished filming the fault in our stars why doesn’t it come out till June?


James December 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm

One, the movie is a full studio production, not a YouTube video. From the day a movie stops principal photography (finishes shooting) it’s about 50% done. Almost every movie is shot completely out of order and has to be edited, sound design has to be done, there’s a possibility of reshoots in some cases (though I doubt it for a movie like TFIOS) and the rest of that post production jazz. Then the production company has to hand the movie over to the studio who starts marketing, lining up interviews and appearances with the cast, as well as looking at all the other movies that look like they’re coming out at the same time so that TFIOS doesn’t end up competing with, say, Divergent for first weekend sales and crippling the studio’s return on investment. Most movies are released somewhere between 8 – 16 months after filming


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Zoe January 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Ok, I have read all 5 of your books and Let in Snow, and I think Paper Towns would make an AMAZING movie! Im excited for TFIOS movie!


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cher john green ,
je suis français j’espere que vous pouvez traduire ma question.
je ne veux pas parler de “nos eoiles contraire” le film mais de la version papier je voudrais savoir ce qui ce passe a la fin de votre roman car bien qu’iventive je n’arrive pas a savoir si c’est comme dans e livre qu’Hazel lit?? ou si c’est complètement independant. merci pour votre livre “nos etoiles contraire” qui a changer ma vie. merci de repondre au plus vite.
bien a vous:
une de vos fidèle lectrice!!


Emily January 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I really hope Paper Towns becomes a movie!!


Ann February 9, 2014 at 4:43 am

Well, considering your views on movies and screenplays… I don’t know how much I should be concerned for the Fault in Our Stars movie, if you’re raving about it so much… not that I’m not excited. ‘Cause I am. A lot. (when do tickets go on presale?)
Also, Katherines plz? Like, nao? And Looking For Alaska? I feel like that would be something REALLY interesting to watch on screen, despite the “dirtiness” of it… which it wasn’t, at all.


Anna Tischer February 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Dear Mr.Green,
I love your books so much. I have to say that my favorite book so far is “Looking for Alaska” even though I probably should not be saying this since I have not read “Will Grayson” or “The Fault in our Stars. I appreciate your books so much and my favorite book in the whole world is “Looking for Alaska”, and their are a lot of books on the planet. I am leaving you a message, so I can kindly to ask you to write more books. They are an inspiration to read, and for school I have to read a required amount of books and all I read basically are your books so I am not sure how I will reach the minimum. You probably read a lot of these fan letters and I will say I am most likely like every other, but I hope you will email me back. I am in 7th grade at Inman Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, and many of my classmates love your books too. I was not able to finish my home work for school for a couple days because I could not put down “Looking for Alaska”! I strongly think that a movie should be produced off of your book. The writing in your books are not just words, they are stories and beautiful memories put into a book. I can not describe how you link your words to story so well. An example is when you wrote that Alaska said “you smoke to enjoy it, I smoke to die”. Most of my friends say “The Fault in Our Stars” is also an amazing book and I am on page one and am looking forward to being hooked and finishing. I also really enjoyed your part in the book “Let it Snow”. That was also a book that really hooked me. One of the girl’s at my school has you email and you responded to her so I will also send this to your email in case you don’t get this. I love your books so much and I have already said this a million times but oh well. For all of my spare time I read your books. Your books definitely changed my perspective in life. Hope you wright more books!
Anna Tischer


Cat March 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Dear Mister John Green,

Why is it that Hollywood hates smart, gay teenagers? The fact of their intelligence and their sexuality has nothing to do with their personailty. I hope to merlin that you punched him in the face and/ or came up with a very sassy ( and inspirational) comeback.



Sheliye March 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm

I love all your books! They are so inspirational and I cried reading all of them!


alexa March 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I think that LFA and Paper Towns would both be amazing movies. They are two of the best books I’ve ever read and now that I’m done with them I have a different out look on life. I really think that they should take into consideration making them two both movies.


Grace March 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm

I have probably already watched TFIOS trailer 47 times. I can’t tell you how excited I am!


Melody March 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Have they already casted Paper Towns? If not then when will they be? I would love to be in the movie. It would be a total dream come true. Thanks!


Jamie March 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm



Riley March 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm

How could I audition to play the lead in Paper Towns?


Brooke March 25, 2014 at 2:24 am

Seeing as I probably won’t stand out because of this, but can us mere mortals audition for Paper Towns? I’d love to, I literally finished the novel today and it was fantastic. My roommate from summer camp was in the Support Group for The Fault in Our Stars, and he said it was a wonderful experience! Thank you!


Molly P March 25, 2014 at 8:54 am

Hey John,
I couldn’t help but think of myself as Margo Roth Spiegelman every time I read and re-read Paper Towns. how do I audition?


Jamie March 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I noticed that a lot of people have comment asking about parts in the paper towns movie. Again I must ask,what about young Margo from the beginning if the book? Do you know what age range you are looking for? Thanks!


Sammie March 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Pleeaaaasse make a movie for Paper Towns!!!


Hannah March 26, 2014 at 5:50 am

Hi, Mr. John Green. I have already read your books like TFioS, Will Grayson and Paper Towns but I’m still finishing An Abundance of Katherines. It would be really awesome to have Paper Towns in the cinemas. You rule, Mr Green. <3


Sophie March 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

hi, i’ve Been writing To you, trying to reach you because i Am Really interested in The casting for paper towns. You’ll see, i really Want this. i Know there’s A bunch of People Out there who also want this BUT PLEASE, JUST LET ME KNOW ABOUT IT. have they Chosen the Cast already? have they Not chosen It Yet? do you know How, Where and/or Where can i audition? I REALLY WANT THIS.

well, hum.. yeah. Bye :) By The way, I really Liked Paper Towns :)


Emma March 27, 2014 at 8:43 am

Paper towns is my favourite of all of JGs books, however, a movie for it sounds quite questionable. It would be freaking amazing, but im not sure if it is exactly the best idea. Especially if he had to change the entire ending. It was by far my favourite book by him, it is the only one that after finishing i i was actually moved. I own all of his books and i dont exactly favour any of them.. aside from Paper Towns. Either way Im very excited for TFIOS and im going with a huge group of freinds to see it the night it comes out.


Kathrin Funnell March 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

i just started to read Paper Towns, i read the first page where the main character was in the car with their mother, saying that they “dont believe in prom” i was wondering if it was a boy or a girl, i thought to myself it could be from a girls point of view, then i carried on reading and it said “she’s my ex-girlfriend” i think it was and i was like “oh, its a guy” and face palmed since i felt like i needed to… but i was talking to my friend (reading it together) and we only read the first page, and when we talked about it after my friend said to me “you should audition for the main part since you dont like prom” then we carried on and found out it was a boy saying to his mother he doesnt “believe in prom”……it was hysterical


Leah March 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Does anybody know how to get an audition for Paper Towns without an agent?


Jade April 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Come on y’all


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Emily April 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm

personally I think that if paper towns turns into a movie the rest of your books will; and don’t get me wrong your books are AMAZING but not all books should be turned into movies.


Rose April 9, 2014 at 7:17 am

I really think you should develop a film for paper towns! It would be amazing!!


Lauren April 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

You can’t just change the ending to paper towns, the ending is what pills everything together and makes paper towns, paper towns, without it, it can’t be the same :(


Pilar April 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

What happens at the end of Paper towns, does Quentin go with Margo or go back home?


Sophia April 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Why did you decide to make Augustus die in TFIOS?


Jennifer Garrison April 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

When will tickets go on sale for TFIOS in Ontario? I want to get them early so i can see it the DAY it comes out! Also, is there the UltraAVX/IMAX option for this movie or do we just have to see it on the regular screen?


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